Despite the fact that my garden is in Hillary‘s backyard, two important months in my life had passed since I last spoke to her. Knowing that her summer plans would make a get together all but impossible, I desperately wanted to catch up. What’s a girl to do?
I pulled out stationery and wrote her a letter – three pages front and back. I hadn’t seen her since I’d accepted the job offer, and she had no clue that that hadn’t worked out, so there was a lot to say.
She called me the day after receiving it. She laughed saying her first instinct actually was to pull out some paper and write me back! She and I definitely share an affinity for many lost arts. She and I wrote each other all the time when I was living in England and even before that. I also used to send letters all the time to my grandmas. Now that they have all passed and Hillary and I only live three miles apart, I really haven’t had much opportunity to practice those skills, and it felt good to give them a go.
It turns out that many old fashioned ways of doing things are coming back into fashion.
A year ago I read a book called One Second After, part of the preparedness genre I enjoy so much.
One sentence in that novel started a whole new love for me. It talked about the usefulness of back issues of Mother Earth News, which covers all sorts of topics on self sufficiency from raising chickens to canning to building a homestead.
I am now a subscriber (and own all the past issues on disk).
Having once worked in publishing, I’ve been watching the decline of print media over the years. I was therefore very pleasantly surprised when the January edition of Mother Earth News announced that their hard copy circulation was now the largest in their history. It is surprising to me that my desire to learn these skills is becoming more and more common. Maybe I’m not such a rebel after all!
It is reassuring to know that there is a community of people out there that also want to keep these skills alive. I know I have had a blast teaching my friends how to make jam … and giving them my creations. I don’t want to be holed up in a bunker somewhere. For me, all of this knowledge is best used when shared.
When was the last time you wrote a letter? or What do you think is causing the resurgence in the lost arts of past generations?